I made these wheat grass centerpieces for my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday shindig. She wanted a Southern, country-style, family reunion type party, so I kept that in mind when choosing what to do, the containers to put them in, etc. We also wanted to use pictures of her from over the years and with different members of the family, so I thought using the pictures in the centerpieces would kill two birds with one stone.
My sister-in-law, Susan, saw an idea in a magazine that used wheat grass as a base so I took that idea and ran with it. Apparently you can buy the wheat grass from a florist wholesaler if you need a lot, but only needing to make 8 containers and being on a budget I got to work doing a little research.
I did two test runs of growing the wheat to make sure I had the right kind of seed, soil and had the timing down. At 3 days I had this…
Hard to believe how fast this stuff grows…..
This was my first attempt. Not bad!
This is the best ” how-to” I could find. She suggested Day 6 of growth as the prime time for your arrangements.
The wheat is hard red winter wheat berries. I bought mine in the bins at Earth Fare (a healthy food type grocery) and I think I spent about 90 cents. If you need bigger amounts the article I found had some suggestions for Amazon ordering.
I soaked my wheat overnight and then drained it for an hour or two in a colander.
Then just spread a single layer right on top of the soil. I lightly watered my soil before putting the seeds on top.
Cover it with damp paper towels for the first day or two until you see some fuzz coming out of the seeds.
Then uncover, keeping the soil moist. You want to water sparingly and gently. I used a small pitcher so I get a small stream of water that didn’t disturb the seeds.
A sunny window is good, but I don’t think we had a bit of sun during that first attempt.
Being the brilliant soul that I am I planted mine at a time I was going to be gone 6 days later. Duh! Thankful that my partner (and helpful daughter Sara) could come over and check the progress on day 6 and send me a picture.
Being satisfied with this step I went on to choose containers and get the pictures ready. Since the photos were all sizes, ages, etc. I made at least 3 trips to CVS to stand at one of those scan and print machines. I printed them all as mini-prints and eventually ended up with 24 good prints so that made 3 pictures for each arrangement. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read our full disclosure policy.
I found the galvanized containers at Hobby Lobby (after a few trips shopping and with the help of my daughter-in-law, Maggie) and also got card stock for mounting and framing the photos at Hobby Lobby. The “popsicle” part of the project comes in with the sticks I mounted the photos on. They actually make “sticky sticks” that have adhesive at one end and they worked great.
They weren’t tall enough, though, so I ended up attaching those to regular craft sticks to get some height.
Once I had my containers I wanted to do another trial run on the wheat and in fact, made a prototype arrangement. This container is similar, but rectangular and would be super-cute!
You want to be sure and leave your soil (I used regular indoor potting soil) about 1-1/2 inches below the top of the container. This container
Day 4 of Experiment #2
On Day 6 I grabbed some mums at the store and fooled around with the arrangement.
When the time came to make them for the party I had to be open to using what flowers were available, in good condition, and reasonably priced. Orange gerber daisies? Sounds good.
I did find that pushing the flowers and picture pops down through the wheat roots was hard to do, and in fact, broke the stems of my flowers. So….. I used a pencil to poke a hole where I wanted the daisies and a knife to cut a slit where I wanted the pops.
These were fun and made for great conversation pieces at the party. You could get creative and go in 1,000 different directions. In the article I found she used small irises and plucked the blooms off just before the event and laid them right on top of the wheat. Wouldn’t that be beautiful with that blue and white I container I did my first experiment in?
I will say that the “picture pops” were pretty labor intensive when it came to mounting and cutting out frames. If anyone out there has suggestions on an easier way to do that I would love to hear about it. Don’t miss anything! Sign up now to get all of our projects and recipes.
See y’all next time,